By William Street
There is an informal discussion bubbling up at many Clackamas Democratic Committee meetings these days. Sides are being taken on a basic campaign approach:
Should the party allocate resources to attempt to sign up nonaffiliated (Motor Voter) citizens and seek to get them to re-register with a party affiliation? Or, instead, focus on getting more Democrats out to vote?
Unfortunately, “facts” can’t make the difficult priority resource decisions any easier. However, they can offer some insights to make a decision from a more “informed” position.
An analysis of Oregon’s Motor Voter election activity gives ammo to both sides. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
It would appear the National Popular Vote bill, once thought dead in the Oregon Legislature, has come back to life. House Bill 2927, which would have Oregon sidestepping the Electoral College if certain things occur nationally, recently got a ‘do pass’ recommendation from the House Rules Committee. A full House vote and then off to the Senate are imminent.
Therein lies the rub. Senate President Peter Courtney has done his own little pocket veto of the legislation in three prior sessions. After passing the House, Courtney wouldn’t let it even have a hearing in the Senate, where it would thus die a dishonorable death without seeing the light of day there. Continue reading
By Peter Toll
National headlines often state humongous numbers while those of us out here in the hinterlands feel less and less in control as Republicans try to gut funding for vital social problems and hand us the bill while passing on grandiose tax savings to the ultra-rich.
So how does President Trump’s proposed Waldencare legislation and tax plan impact us financially? Trump wants to gut your health care and drop all deductions for state, local and property taxes. Continue reading
Item: Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican national holiday. However, it is observed in the Mexican city of Puebla, which is where the Mexican Army defeated French soldiers in a battle toward freedom in 1862. Commercial liquor and food interests have created the U.S. semi-holiday.
By William Street
May fifth binds Mexicans and Americans as we celebrate and are reminded of the wealth of contributions made to our lives by Mexican and Hispanic culture (hot sauce, tequila, a passion for living, a lyrical language, a pace of living counter to our industrial get-it-done-yesterday approach, appreciation of family, and a deep spirituality, to name a few).
Yet on May fifth, as every other work day of the year, Hispanics residing in Clackamas County and throughout Oregon, both documented and unauthorized, are routinely subjected to harassment, detention, and deportation without access to the fundamental freedom of our legal system and culture: due process. Continue reading
Join the Struggle this Saturday from noon to 2pm at the Correctional Facility in The Dalles.
Message from the hunger strikers (names removed for their safety): “[We] are still on hunger strike as of this morning but it is getting very difficult. We both feel very nauseous, weak and tired, and I’m starting to worry about long term effects on my health. [One of the hunger strikers] was transferred somewhere this morning, we don’t know where but probably to Tacoma or Portland. He said before he left that he was going to continue the strike. *We ask the local communities to stand with us in our demand to get ICE out of Oregon. We are hunger striking for our basic needs at this jail facility but, really, we should not be detained here. This is a jail.*”
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Rep. Knute Buehler is the Republican representative to the Oregon State Legislature from Bend (HD 54). The Democratic Party of Oregon recently filed an ethics complaint against Buehler and is asking us to support this suit by sharing the story on Facebook.
Following is their explanation and the link to share.